The Naïve

By Sarah Newton
Melbourne, Victoria

About this Curation

Naïve art is a manifestation of raw creativity. The genre is characterised by a seemingly simplistic approach that is uninhibited and instinctive to the composition and ideas.
Notable artists that were considered the first to experiment with the childlike theme include Henri Rousseau, André Bauchant and Alfred Wallis and were heavily influenced by Primitivism.
Modern Naive artists have had their work sometimes described as the modern primitive. Currently, we are seeing a rise in the rejection of the traditional art forms and rise in Naive methods.

About the Curator

Sarah Newton is an artist and curator based in Melbourne. Born in Perth, she completed a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University. In her undergraduate studies, Sarah focused on and developed her practice as a painter and printmaker.
In 2017 she moved to Victoria to complete her Masters' studies in Arts Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, she graduated with distinction in 2019. Sarah is an active member of the arts community in Melbourne, frequently visiting exhibitions and was a guest judge for Mission to Seafarers annual Art Prize in 2018.

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